Each of the 6 collages comprising Parts Work uses as a source material an image of a woman covering her eyes with one of her hands. This image is presented twice on each page: once as a collection of loose, fragmented pieces and next to it, assembled as a body “proper.” On the one side of the page then, there are body parts displayed/ordered as individual elements, as a list of ingredients almost; and on the other side, those parts are connected or arranged to form a representation of a person – however fragmented, fractured, and inadequate the assembly might be.
On the one side of the paper, discombobulated body parts are presented as loose components in space, organized according to some simple formal principle: arranged in a line, a stack, a square, a pyramid… And then next to this inventory of parts, we see various attempts for putting them back together into a body – however, the newly constructed body is not always a ‘properly assembled unit’, but rather one that seems to be broken and fractured, or else combined in unexpected, surprising or simply “wrong” ways…
In a sense, each of the 6 collages can be seen to encompass both a map of components and a visual guide of sorts for putting them together – the constructions function almost like “recipes:” presenting ingredients and instructions/possibilities for what can be done with them… As such, the work evokes and borrows a language from product assembly charts, instructional cards for customizing existing objects, or reference guides for taking something apart and putting it back together in a different way. A “byproduct” of those processes is a slightly mad set of proposals for treating/imagining the body in ways that are different than the ‘regular’ body we are accustomed to seeing. These newly imagined assemblies appear in varying degrees of awkwardness, and are imbued in equal measure with a sense of humor and a sense of violence.
Contortions (I-IV), 2012
Collage with folded inkjet prints on paper
Sets of 3
Arrangements (I, II), 2008
Collage on paper
Sets of 3